Todd McShay's most recent mock draft is out (ESPN Insider), and this version features both first- and second-round projections.
Given the Jets litany of needs, it's important to get a look beyond the first round when determining Gang Green's optimal draft strategy. At this early stage, it appears the draft is breaking pretty well for the Jets.
Focusing on Pass-Rushers
In this iteration of his mock draft, McShay has the Jets acquiring pass-rushing talent in each of the first two rounds.
McShay is projecting that New York will take Barkevious Mingo at No. 9 overall, which is nothing new. There has been a long-standing expectation that the Jets will draft an outside linebacker in the first round, and the talented LSU player is the flavor of the month at that slot.
For the Jets' second-round projection, McShay has Gang Green selecting SMU defensive end Margus Hunt. This is new information. Hunt is a physical specimen with an impressive story and pedigree, but he is also 26 years old and did not play in a major conference. He would seemingly be more of a boom-or-bust pick.
A Plethora of First-Round Options
Thanks to a draft that is heavy on top-flight talent at the Jets' biggest positions of need and a top eight that may feature three offensive linemen, general manager John Idzik should have plenty of intriguing options to choose from at No. 9 overall.
While McShay's current mock has the Jets selecting Mingo, it also shows Georgia linebackers Alec Ogletree and Jarvis Jones still available should Idzik sour on the LSU star. The Jets are also believed to have their eye on multiple options at wide receiver (Cordarrelle Patterson and Tavon Austin) and defensive tackle (Sharrif Floyd, Star Lotulelei and Sheldon Richardson), if they prefer to fill another need.
In fact, the players McShay currently projects to go No. 10 through No. 18 would all fill needs for the Jets. Idzik will certainly have to do his homework.
Offensive Talent in the Second Round
While McShay has the Jets shoring up another defensive hole in the second round, there are several options available at the skill positions if Gang Green would prefer to make a bit of a splash.
As is often the case, quarterbacks are moving quickly up draft boards as the draft approaches, and four signal-callers are now projected be selected within the first nine picks of the second round. Mike Glennon, E.J. Manuel and Ryan Nassib are all within range for the Jets, while Matt Barkley will almost certainly be off the board.
The Jets also should have options at wide receiver in this slot, with Justin Hunter representing a downfield threat and Robert Woods more of an all-around receiver.